ADRIFT ON AN ICE-PAN. Illustrated from Photographs by Dr. Grenfell and Others.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928. 26th printing (first was in 1909). Beige cloth printed in black. pp (2), (xxviii), (69) + 8 photo plates of some good dogs and the author. Yellowing and foxing to page edges, light endpaper yellowing, light foxing on pages adjacent to the plates; else a VG copy. The dust jacket has some small nicks, short creased tear a foot of spine; VG. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, WITH AN ORIGINAL INK DRAWING "S.S. Strathcona. Wifred T. Grenfell: Labrador Jul 30 1930. SS Northland, Gulf of St. Laurence, at sea." The drawing shows the ship with sail and steam near an iceberg. "258" is in ink above the drawing with a different pen. Contains a biographical sketch by Clarence John Blake. Probably this Canadian medical missionary's best-known work, an often anthologized, harrowing, incredible, but true anecdote of being trapped on a drifting ice-pan off the Newfoundland coast with only his sled dogs. The dogs eventually had to be sacrificed to save the author, who skinned them , wrapped himself in their bloody pelts for warmth, and used their frozen limbs as a mast. Watters p. 962. Grenfell did many vignette drawings and inscriptions in his booiks in order to raise money for his medical mission to the fisherman of the Labrador coast.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover